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Rodman, New York, USA - Washburn Hotel

The region was part of Macomb's Purchase. The town was first settled around 1801.

Rodman was organized as a town in 1804 from part of the Town of Adams. The town was originally called "Harrison" after an early landowner, but was later changed to "Rodman," the name of the clerk of the legislature, due to confusion with other similarly named communities. Part of Rodman was used in 1808 to form the Town of Pinckney (Now part of Lewis County).

Communities and locations in Rodman:
Babbits Corners – A location in the southeast part of the town at the junction of NY-177 and County Road 189.
Dillen – A hamlet in the northwest corner of the town on County Road 155.
East Rodman – A hamlet near the eastern town line on County Roads 69 and 156. It was also called "Whitesville".
Rodman – A hamlet (and census-designated place) at the junction of County Roads 69 and 97 in the west-central part of the town.
Ross Corners – A location in the southwest part of the town on County Road 97.
Shingle Gulf – A canyon in the northeast part of Rodman.
Tremaines Corners – A hamlet southeast of the center of the town on County Roads 95 and 177.
Whitford Corners – A location in the northwest part of the town on NY-177. The location was also called "West Rodman" and "Toad Hollow".
Zoar – A hamlet northeast of Rodman village, formerly known as "Unionville".

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Rodman Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Washburn Hotel
Rodman, New York, USA

Washburn Hotel
G. G. Whittaker, 1897
Rodman, New York, USA

G. G. Whittaker, 1897
East Rodman, 1907
Rodman, New York, USA

East Rodman, 1907
Main Street looking West, Rodman, N.Y.
Rodman, New York, USA

Main Street looking West, Rodman, N.Y.
I Have A Big Circle Of Friends In Rodman, N.Y., 1919
Rodman, New York, USA

I Have A Big Circle Of Friends In Rodman, N.Y., 1919

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Rodman was formed from Adams, March 24, 1804, under the name of Harrison, in honor of one of its proprietors.
April 6, 1808 - Rodman is named after Daniel Rodman, popular clerk of the Assembly, 1808-1809.
In 1810 there were 214 families and 1,281 people. There were four grain mills, six sawmills, one fulling mill, a carding machine, and three distilleries. There were no houses of worship, but meetings were held in four school houses.
1854 - Rodman
Rodman, a post-village in Rodman township, Jefferson county, New York, on Sandy creek, about 10 miles S. from Watertown. It has several churches and mills. Population of the township, 1784.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Rodman
Rod'man, a post village in Rodman township, Jefferson co., N.Y., on Sandy Creek, 9 miles S. of Watertown. It has 2 churches, a tannery, and about 45 houses. Pop. of the township, 1468.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Rodman, a post-village in Rodman township (town), Jefferson co., N.Y., on Sandy Creek, 9 miles S. of Watertown. Pop. 175; of the town in 1900, 1212.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and activities to enjoy in and around Rodman:
Whetstone Gulf State Park:

Explore the scenic trails and enjoy a day of hiking in Whetstone Gulf State Park. The park offers breathtaking views, especially during the fall when the foliage is vibrant.

Fishing at Black River:

Grab your fishing gear and head to Black River. It's known for its fishing opportunities, and you might just catch a variety of fish, adding a touch of adventure to your day.

Adirondack Park:

Take a drive to Adirondack Park, a massive natural area offering outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and wildlife watching. The park is a haven for nature enthusiasts.

Salmon River Falls:

If you enjoy waterfalls, Salmon River Falls is a must-see. The hike to the falls is relatively short, and the view is well worth the effort.

Historical Exploration at Sackets Harbor:

Visit nearby Sackets Harbor, known for its role in the War of 1812. Explore historical sites, including the battlefield and the Navy Yard, to get a glimpse into the area's rich... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Rodman, New York, USA

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male ancestorWilliam PERKINS (1808, Rodman, New York, USA - 1864, Corning, New York, USA)
female ancestorCordelia Dyer COLE (23 September 1809, Rodman, New York, USA - 9 September 1838, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
male ancestorEddy Russell COLE (5 August 1814, Rodman, New York, USA - 31 January 1886, Fredonia, Kansas, USA)
female ancestorLucy Huntington COLE (23 August 1816, Rodman, New York, USA - 12 April 1875, Hanover, Shelby, Indiana, USA)
photo of Frederick Mortimer COLEFrederick Mortimer COLE (2 August 1818, Rodman, New York, USA - 20 March 1903, , Indiana, USA)
male ancestorGeorge Datus EATON (7 March 1847, Rodman, New York, USA - 09 September 1926, Saint Petersburg, Florida, USA)
photo of Frank Winfield WOOLWORTHFrank Winfield WOOLWORTH (13 April 1852, Rodman, New York, USA - 8 April 1919, Glen Cove, New York, USA)
photo of Charles Sumner "Sum" WOOLWORTHCharles Sumner "Sum" WOOLWORTH (1 August 1856, Rodman, New York, USA - 7 January 1947, Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA (Lackawanna))
female ancestorMary Amelia BUTLER (15 July 1880, Rodman, New York, USA - , )

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